Faith is seeing the things of substance found in the earthen vessels that reveal the treasures of Christ, Who in turn reveal His treasures as evidence through the vessels, which gives us hope.

Are we the only ones seeking to understand and see the treasures of Christ? According to the Word of God, many of the "...prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into" (1 Peter 1:10-12).

Notice that the prophets, who prophesied of the grace that should come to us enquired and searched diligently for what or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ, Who was in them did signify. Even the angels in heaven sought to understand the meaning of these things. Notice also that it was the Spirit of God, Who testified to the prophets the things concerning Christ and it is He, Who reveals the things of God to our hearts that we might see the treasures of God by faith and not by sight.

Jesus said unto His disciples, "These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures" (Luke 24:44, 45).

By the concept of faith, we understand and see the things concerning Christ through the vessels of the Law of Moses, the Prophets, the Psalms and all the Scriptures.

One of the chosen vessels of the Lord said, "Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.   Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.   Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.   I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation. Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me." (Psalms 40:5-11)

Through this earthen vessel chosen by God, we see a person who knew not only of the wonderful works that the Lord has done, but also of the thoughts that God has toward us. He also knew what the Lord did not desire and what He requires. This person knew the will of God, His righteousness, His faithfulness, His salvation, His loving-kindness, His truth and His tender mercies. With all this knowledge, He had the choice of concealing or revealing what He knew of God. But because of His choice to reveal that which was hidden or invisible to the great congregation, we today have this Truth. It was the Spirit of God, Who, through the chosen vessel, revealed the things of God toward us. For this reason Jesus said, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39).

As we search the written Word, which testifies of the living Word, Who being the witness of God, we gain an understanding of the thoughts, which are from the Father toward us. We may ask of the Father, How can we know of YOUR Way and YOUR Truth? HE would say through a chosen vessel, "My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

"For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things; Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;" (Proverbs 2:1-13)

Out of the darkened mind of man, God has manifested the light of the knowledge of Himself.   The prophets, who were chosen vessels of God, have looked into and searched diligently for this understanding. Even the angels in heaven sought to look into and understand this knowledge.

Although it was given to the church to understand this knowledge, many Christians today are still unable to comprehend the knowledge of the glory of God as seen in the face of Jesus Christ. The key to receiving the knowledge of God or to understand the invisible things of His nature, is in receiving the Lord Jesus Christ, Whom HE has sent unto us.

The Word says, "Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man. O ye simple, understand wisdom: and, ye fools, be ye of an understanding heart. Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. They are all plain to him that understandeth, and right to them that find knowledge.

"Receive my instruction, and not silver; and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

"I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me. Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures.

"The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

"Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death" (Proverbs 8:1-36).

By faith, as you hear the Word of the LORD, He gives you more than just the treasures of His heart. By His Judgment, He shows you the Way by the Truth that leads to Life; i.e. the Word guides you to Himself by the Father through Him.

Notice that the Person Who spoke these words made it very clear that His voice is toward the sons of men, and that He will speak of excellent things. He describes Himself as Wisdom and Understanding. His words are in righteousness and truth. He leads in the way of righteousness, in the paths of judgment. Those who love Him will inherit substance.   In finding Him, we find life. To hate Him it is to love death. We know from our study of Scripture that Solomon was a man who was born on this earth long after God created the heavens and the earth. He could not have been the one who was set up from everlasting or existed with the Father.

However, Solomon was an earthen vessel, chosen of God through whom Christ could reveal Himself as Wisdom and Knowledge to the world. Through Solomon and the other prophets, we can see the substance of Christ and understand the things that have been kept hidden from our understanding.

Notice also that the person who spoke these words through Solomon made it known that His mouth shall speak "Truth", and that He leads in the "Way" of righteousness, and all who find Him finds "Life".

Thomas said unto Jesus, "Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

"Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake" (John 14:5-11).

If we have a desire to see the Father by faith, then we must first see and receive HIS Son by faith through the earthen vessels. No one can understand and see the Father unless he or she shall first receive HIS Son, Whom the Father has Sent. As Jesus revealed Himself to us through the books of the Law, through His Prophets, through the Psalms and the Scriptures, likewise, the Father will be seen by faith through the Word, in Whom HE is well pleased.

Click on the "Word" In order to understand how the Father has revealed HIMSELF to us by faith through HIS Word.

Notice: To fully understand the concept of faith, read each section in the order presented.

1. What is Faith?   2. Through Earthen Vessels   3. Through the Word   4. Discerning the Word
5. Receiving the Word   6. One with God   7. Working with God   8. Glorifying the Word

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